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San Pancho & Sayulita Hiking: The adventure is about to begin!


San Pancho, Nayarit offers some of the best Hiking and Trekking in Mexico

Around San Pancho hiking includes a pleasant stroll along the main beach, a walk along the river, on jungle trails, or around the headland and along the coast. The hikes between town and the outlying beaches can be full of adventure and offer the opportunity to see birds and wildlife, since the road passes through jungle.

One nice option is to walk the dirt road that goes past the hospital (at the end of Calle Africa). This path will lead you behind the private golf course, where it is green, shady and quiet. From there you can either follow it until you are put out onto the main road, or you can take the road to the right which leads you to La Patrona Polo Club. 


Another choice would be to walk on the other side of town, to the old riverbed. Ask for directions, and you can follow the river to the lagoon/estuary and see great numbers of seabirds.


And of course walking all through town is the best way to get a feel for the town’s character and to meet a local personality or two.



  • Hike from San Pancho to Sayulita, or from Sayulita to San Pancho 

  • A very popular activity is to walk from San Pancho to Sayulita. The trail winds through lush jungle, then descends to the beach and follows along behind the beach. This hike takes about an hour and a half. Intrepid hikers can do the return hike as well - those who have reached their limit can take a taxi to return home.
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  •  Caution: If you do set off for a hike you should use common sense and take a few precautions:
  • - Tell someone where you are going.
    - Carry water! Suggestion - freeze a bottle of water overnight and wrap a towel around it when you set off and you will have cold water for later on. Take frequent sips rather than infrequent big gulps.
    - Take some food.
    - Carry a medical kit; if you do not have one put together sun block, aspirin, a bandage, antiseptic cream, bug spray, a whistle – to attract attention in an emergency.
    - Wildlife: encounters with animals will be rare, but snakes, scorpions, land crabs, insects and bird life are around. Do not touch or feed wild animals - some could be dangerous.